Thought I'd come back in to report that the latest iTunes will NOT recognize your iPod WITHOUT this stupid thing running and hogging a bunch of your system memory and CPU power, completely unnecessarily. So for anyone who did this, and who has the latest iTunes version, you need to uninstall and reinstall iTunes and leave this POS alone. Freaking ridiculous that you can't even stop it from automatically starting up and staying on ALL of the time (go ahead and try, it will just pop right back on no matter how you try to kill it when it isn't needed).
On that note, if anyone from Apple happens to read this, you all need to get on the ball and make this only run when people are actually connecting an iPod or whatever to iTunes, and NOT have this crap running 24/7. I don't know why in the hell this dominates SO much system power, but you REALLY need to trim it down! I have limited system resources being that this IS a Notebook PC and I barely squeak by on gaming with this system as it is... just saying. If something isn't broke, don't try to fix it. The older iTunes without this monstrosity worked just fine with my iPod, until today... guess we all can thank the damned iPad for this?